Justin Willman Performs Magic and Comedy in Sleight of Hand
Comedian and magician Justin Willman’s brand new special, “Sleight of Mouth” airs tonight at 12:30am eastern time, 11:30 CT. In the special, Willman combines magic and comedy in a variety show format that includes a performance in front of a live audience, digital shorts, stand up comedy special guests, and an unforgettable segment with Doug Benson that takes place in a pot dispensary. We were excited to talk with Justin about his new special, his tour, and his take on combining the world of comedy with magic.
Willman is a skilled magician, and a great comedian, and he combines the two disciplines effortlessly. But what’s really fun about the special is how he plays with the ideas of magic and comedy. Willman’s signature is to let the audience believe that he has given away the trick- and that it was so simple the whole time. It’s a thrill to feel like you’ve figured it all out, and surprising to see how easily fooled you are. And just while you have let your guard down, feeling smart and satisfied, Willman yanks the rug back from under you again with his end game– a bigger trick that leaves you simultaneously amazed, dumbfounded and profoundly aware that you know nothing, you figured nothing out, and he was holding the cards the entire time.
I enjoy getting away with the idea that I can actually make people think that the trick is really as easy as I’m telling you it is. And then in the end of course it’s not.
“It’s kind of become my little formula,” Willman told us. “I enjoy getting away with the idea that I can actually make people think that the trick is really as easy as I’m telling you it is. And then in the end of course it’s not. You’d think that I wouldn’t get away with it over and over again. That people would be on to me. But something about me– I guess I’m a little extra trustworthy and believable, but I love getting away with that.”
It works, he said, because people love the idea of being & …Read More